Each Earth Day we ask you to “go green” and give a little back to the planet that gives you so much. And if you’ve decided to make a contribution to reduce your carbon footprint from the miles you travel on your next trip with Delta, you’re probably wondering, “what happens next?”
When you fly Delta and contribute to reduce your carbon footprint through The Nature Conservancy, your money is really making a difference to help fund forest conservation projects. Contributions from Delta passengers have already helped to restore over 400 acres of forest in the Tensas River Basin of Louisiana. This project is predicted to store over 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is like taking more than 20,000 cars off the road for an entire year, not to mention will also provide habitat for wildlife such as birds, black bears, mussels and fish.
In 2011 alone, Delta passengers contributed almost $100,000 toward the project – in addition, Delta matched just over $18,000 in passenger donations in April 2011 for Earth Month.
Now, Delta passengers who make contributions to The Nature Conservancy will help support a new project, which protects the diverse wildlife of theMayaForestinBelize. You’re helping to save little guys like a spider monkey in the forest canopy at Rio Bravo, Belize.
The Rio Bravo Climate Action Project, a 15,500 acre- area located in the Central American corridor, has produced millions of tons of carbon benefits by conserving forest that would have otherwise been cut down for agriculture. The Maya Forest is home to 200 species of trees, 400 species of birds (20-25% migratory species), 70 species of mammals and 39 species of at-risk animals including the Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Ocelot, the Howler and Spider Monkeys. The project has been validated and verified according to the Verified Carbon Standard (“VCS”), a global leader in guiding credible quantification of carbon benefits and issuing credits for carbon emissions avoided.
To donate when booking your next flight, select “Learn More” under “A Greener Wayto Fly” at the bottom of your confirmation page. Be sure to read more about Delta’s environmental efforts as well—they’re doing a lot to improve carbon offsets. You can also support The Nature Conservancy by making additional contributions, donating SkyMiles through Delta’s SkyWish program, or joining The Nature Conservancy’s online community to learn more about how you can help protect our world. And remember, we’re matching a donation from Delta of up to $25,000 of the total passenger contributions in the month of April, so now is a great time to “go green”!
The Nature Conservancy